Mohammed Shahabuddin Chuppu has become the 22nd president of Bangladesh, taking over from Abdul Hamid, in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, politicians, judges, and senior officials. The event was held at the historic Durbar Hall of Bangabhaban, where Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury administered the oath to Shahabuddin. He was elected unopposed in February this year as the candidate of the ruling party, and after the ceremony, he signed the documents for the office of the president.
There are growing disputes between the ruling Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) regarding the electoral system as Bangladesh prepares for general elections. The elections are scheduled for December or January next year.
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About the Mohammed Shahabuddin Chuppu
Mohammed Shahabuddin, who was born in 1949 in the northwestern Pabna district, has had a varied career. He started out as a district judge and later served as a commissioner of the independent Anti-Corruption Commission. He then entered politics and became a member of the Awami League Advisory Council, which is made up of senior party leaders and technocrats. However, to take on the role of president, he had to resign from his party position.
In his younger years, Shahabuddin was active in the Awami League’s student and youth wings and played a role in the 1971 Liberation War. He was imprisoned after the assassination of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 1975, who was the father of the current Prime Minister Hasina. Later, in 1982, he joined the country’s judicial service.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- Bangladesh Capital: Dhaka;
- Bangladesh Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina;
- Bangladesh Currency: Bangladeshi Taka.
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